'We Don't Want Life to Look Difficult, Do We?': Representations of the Fifties and Self-Reflexive Nostalgia in Mad Men

This article investigates how the TV series Mad Men portrays the fifties through the lens of self-reflexive nostalgia. Focusing on a close reading of its first season, I look at how Mad Men’s self-awareness towards the function of images and advertising in the creation of the fifties as a cultural construct is often complicated by its nostalgic and conservative politics.

Ravizza, Eleonora. "'We Don't Want Life to Look Difficult, Do We?': Representations of the Fifties and Self-Reflexive Nostalgia in Mad Men." COPAS 14.1 (2013): 1-14. Web.

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